THEY SAY you should not believe everything you see in print, but they also say perfection resides only in Heaven, so we humbly accept that, at The Post, we are subject to both sayings in equal measure.
But we like to think that, even when we do make an error, it is born of genuine misunderstanding and is so inconsequential that no one is harmed unduly
by its occurrence.
How we wish we could say the same about one of our rivals in providing our county with its news.
It would be unbecoming of us to name the offending journal, so let us refer to it euphemistically as the Daylate Snooze.
Usually, we refrain from commenting about the Snooze’s journalistic infractions, especially when they cause more mirth than misery.
Even though our newsroom giggles at thoughts of Galveston’s police chief desperate to crack his city’s sharply increasing “math problem”, as the Snooze reported on October 30 last year, or of the “muslin owner of a print shop” to whom it referred just this last Monday, we normally have little interest in pointing out the many such foibles frequently foisted on its forbearing readers.
We have also opted to ignore Snooze scribes’ all too frequent references to our newspaper as a single-city journal with a handful of readers, safe in the knowledge that our many thousands of readers countywide know the truth of the matter and that, contrary to their previous editor’s unprovoked defamatory innuendo about our professional status on November 12, 2013, The Post is, indeed, a real newspaper with real journalists.
We have even abstained from castigating the Snooze crew when its members follow up our reports many days later while claiming contemporary reportage.
One albeit extreme example of this habit occurred last month when, on March 3, the Snooze declared on its front page that “Carnival Cruise Lines this week said it would replace Triumph with its Liberty liner and Magic with Breeze next year”.
Fine – if only that were true. Unfortunately, however, the Snooze’s long-suffering subscribers were being misled – and mischievously so. For The Post had given its readers that same news 17 days earlier, on February 15, when award-winning writer Lora-Marie Bernard noted that Carnival had made its announcement of the replacement on February 12. Perhaps that’s why the Snooze calls its “news” accounts stories.
But let’s not get carried away. Let’s consider instead a much more recent instance of Snooze skullduggery, not because it affects The Post but because it commits that cardinal journalistic sin – treating one’s readers with contempt.
At first glance, it would seem we are referring to a relatively insignificant item, as it did not appear until the 16th page – B8 – of Wednesday’s Snooze. However, the importance of its subject matter, Thursday’s local-election deadline, was of such magnitude that The Post had already published a fuller account of the information in a highlighted top-of-page-3 article last Sunday.
Nevertheless and despite the fact that its account used substantially the same text as our own report three days earlier, the Snooze claimed that its abbreviated re-hash of a press release the county tax office issued last week was “special to [the Daylate Snooze]” – its preferred phrase for claims of exclusivity.
Snooze readers should take notice – they’re being conned and they really ought to do something about it. Before renewing their vastly overpriced subscription, they should ask why, despite the front-page report in our own Wednesday issue, the Snooze still had not told them by Friday, when we went to press, that, eight days earlier, the city of Galveston lost a legal appeal against the right of its Hurricane-Ike-recovery-program contractor to sue it for compensation regarding unpaid bills.
What was that about being a real newspaper, Days-Late Snooze?
IT’S BOOTS ’n’ saddles time again and the county’s kids of all ages are merrily mounting their steeds, parading their prize livestock and cooking up their culinary delights at Jack Brooks Park on SH6 in Hitchcock. This year’s Galveston County Fair & Rodeo has several new features, including an education arena and a salute to military veterans, as well as a new carnival operator. The gates open at noon today, Sunday, and then at 4:00pm until the last day, next Saturday, when 16 hours of fun begin at 9:00am. So round up your own brood and head on out to one of the best events in the regular county calendar!